General Features of Paris Syndrome:
- Paris syndrome (French: Syndrome de Paris)
- Transient psychological disorder encountered by some people visiting or vacationing in Paris, France.
- Japanese visitors are especially susceptible.
- First described in Nervure (French Journal of Psychiatry) by A. Viala, et al. (2004).
- A number of psychiatric symptoms may occur such as anxiety, psychosomatic manifestations (i.e. palpitations, dizziness, sweating), acute delusional states, hallucinations, feelings of persecution, derealization, depersonalization.
- The clinical picture is thus quite variable.
- The characteristic feature is that during the trip to Paris, the traveller has to deal with things unfamiliar to them, which they did not anticipate.
- The symptoms are not present before the trip and they resolve with return to the traveller's normal surroundings.
- Cultural differences - esp compared with Japanese culture.
- Exhaustion - ie busy visit with associated jet lag.
- Idealised image of Paris - not like Paris appears in literature and films.
- Language barriers - again particularly noticeable with the Japanese.
- Jerusalem syndrome
- Stendhal syndrome
- Voyager syndrome (Syndrome du voyageur)
- Pathological voyage - the psychiatric disorder(s) already pre-exist.
 - A. Viala, H. Ota, M.N. Vacheron, P. Martin, and F. Caroli.(2004) - "Les Japonais en voyage pathologique à Paris : un modèle original de prise en charge transcuturelle"
Image Credit - Olivier Ffrench (cc) Eiffel Tower + Sunset + Paris
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